Author Archives: Vicki

New summer mix from People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz

https://peoplelikeus-vickibennett.bandcamp.com/track/in-the-waking-2022-extended-mix

An extended, taking-a-line-for-a-walk remix of People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “In the Waking”, created for one of the opening concerts of King’s Place, London in the late 2000s. The song, a lullaby of a summer place, was created through the Codpaste podcast sessions which led to the collaborative album “Rhapsody in Glue”, and was later released as a 7″ on Touch. This unreleased version lets the song twirl off into a gentle polyphonic fantasia.

Radio Art Zone – New 22 Hour Radio Piece

People Like Us has made a brand new 22 HOUR radio piece for Radio Art Zone, a radio art project by Radio ARA and Mobile Radio for the European Capital of Culture Esch2022

TWITTER COMPETITION TIME @RadioArtZone! Listen to the 22-hour-long chart sweep by @do_or_diy while broadcasting & guess the number of tracks in it. Post your estimate as a reply on Radio Art Zone’s Twitter Feed – the 3 closest answers across our social media channels win a People Like Us CD! Plus there is an extra CD prize for the wittiest comment posted about the show.

https://radioart.zone/thursday-23-june

Broadcast date for our piece is 23 June 2pm – Noon 24 June, Luxembourg Time Zone UTC +2. That’s 1pm start time in the UK.

https://radioart.zone/thursday-23-june

People Like Us – 108

“Well, you know how I adjusted to that problem of the radio in the environment – very much as the primitive people adjusted to the animals which frightened them, and which probably as you say, were intrusions, they drew pictures of them on their caves. And so I simply made a piece using radios. Now, whenever I hear radios, even a single one, not just twelve at a time…I think, well, they’re just playing my piece!” – John Cage (and Morton Feldman in Conversation, WBAI, NYC (1967))

In Buddhism, according to Bhante Gunaratana this number is reached by multiplying the senses smell, touch, taste, hearing, sight, and consciousness by whether they are painful, pleasant or neutral, and then again by whether these are internally generated or externally occurring, and yet again by past, present and future, finally we get 108 feelings. 6 × 3 × 2 × 3 = 108. 

Imagine a radio that sounds different every day…

Radio Art Zone is a 100-day radio art station for Esch2022, which will be broadcast in the south of Luxembourg by Radio ARA on 87.8 FM. It will also be live-streamed for a worldwide audience and transmitted by a network of international partners.

The Radio Art Zone schedule consists of two daily programmes: newly-commissioned 22-hour radio productions created by more than 100 international and local artists, and 2-hour live shows from kitchens in the community.

Radio Art Zone is on air from 18th June — 25th September 2022

list of participants

The Wire 40: An Evening With People Like Us

THE WIRE 40: AN EVENING WITH PEOPLE LIKE US

Friday 1 July 2022 | The Cube, Bristol UK
Doors: 7pm / short films programme: 8pm
https://cubecinema.com/programme/event/the-wire-40-an-evening-with-people-like-us,12483/

A programme of film shorts by People Like Us
Q&A Vicki Bennett & Emily Bick (The Wire)
Live performance to a new film score by People Like Us with Gwilly Edmondez & Ergo Phizmiz

Tickets: £10 BOOK TICKETS

Since 1991 Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us has been working across the field of audio-visual collage, repurposing pre-existing footage to craft original works with a dark and witty take on popular culture. Drawing from a palette of contemporary media and technology, she sees her sampling and collage-based work as folk art with all of the sharing and cross-referencing incumbent to a populist form. Her most recent, feature length-film Gone, Gone Beyond is a critically-acclaimed surround-screen experience that has been shown internationally.

For this evening Bennett has put together a programme of her rarely-seen short films from the current century. The films will be followed by a discussion between the artist and Wire Deputy Editor Emily Bick, and then the premiere live performance to a new specially-made film score by PLU by the trio of Bennett, Gwilly Edmondez and Ergo Phizmiz.

Emily Bick is Deputy Editor at The Wire magazine.

Gwilly Edmondez is a performer whose primary aesthetic is Wild Pop, active both solo and in numerous collaborations. As Gustav Thomas he is one half of the duo YEAH YOU with Elvin Brandhi. Originally from Wales, he is mostly based in the North East where he has been on the staff of the music department of Newcastle University since 2004.

Ergo Phizmiz is a composer, writer, collagist, radio playwright, opera designer and director, who has created a vast body of work across media since 2000. They are currently designing moving images for The Rake’s Progress at the Royal Academy of Music, and working on the opera Adapting Don Quixote as a PhD at the University of Bristol.

The Wire 40 @ The Cube is a weekend of events marking The Wire magazine’s 40th anniversary. Other Wire 40 events are happening in London, Brighton, Manchester, Glasgow and streaming online during the month of July. See The Wire for more details.

Heaven’s Lathe 7″ Single

Free Money | Eve of Sunshine
Limited Edition 100 copies (no digital-only downloads, but digital download comes with vinyl purchase)
Heaven’s Lathe HL14
Release date | 01/07/2022 6pm

BUY HERE https://music.heavenslathe.co.uk/album/free-sunshine
and HERE https://peoplelikeus-vickibennett.bandcamp.com/album/free-sunshine-on-heavens-lathe

People Like Us are releasing a single on Graham Duff’s label Heaven’s Lathe. Heaven’s Lathe is dedicated to bringing out the highest quality lathe cut seven inch singles, featuring both influential artists and emerging performers in a sweep of genres. From June 2021, Heaven’s Lathe will be releasing a new limited edition single each month. Each release is a strictly limited to an edition of 100. All singles are lathe cut on either black or transparent vinyl. Heaven’s Lathe artists are curated by writer, broadcaster and DJ Graham Duff. All lathe cutting and engineering by Michael Lawrence (Bladud Flies!). Designed by Lauren Winton (Bladud Flies!). limited edition – order it here:

https://heavenslathe.co.uk/artist/people-like-us/

Artist talk added to screening of Gone, Gone Beyond

May 25 2022 – 6:30 PM, Gray Area, San Francisco | Get Tickets

Join us for this special showing of Gone, Gone Beyond and go behind the screen with creator Vicki Bennett (People Join us for an Artist Talk followed by a special showing of Gone, Gone Beyond with creator Vicki Bennett (People Like Us)!

6:30PM Doors open | 7:00PM Presentation by Vicki Bennett | 8:00PM Screening of Gone, Gone Beyond

$10 Presentation only
$30 Presentation + screening

Proof of vaccination is required for all attendees over the age of 12 years old. Read more.

Using collage as a compositional tool opens up endless opportunities to experience results that are more than the sum of the parts, opening doors (and windows) to let light in from outside of our own limited and sometimes repetitive ways of thinking. Since 2016 Vicki Bennett has been creating “Gone, Gone Beyond” for RML CineChamber, an immersive 360 surround cinema environment, is now an hour long.

In this presentation Vicki tells us about her creative process, expanding her aesthetics from 2D to 3D to create audiovisual content which breaks the rectangle, smashing the thin screen into tiny fragments, looking beyond the frame, climbing through to see what’s behind.

Gone, Gone Beyond

This special screening is part of a limited run showing of Gone, Gone Beyond, an immersive audio-visual spatial cinema work by People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett). This is Gone, Gone, Beyond‘s US premiere, following its European debut tour last fall with screenings at nyMusikk in Oslo, the Barbican in London, and more. See showtimes